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Cost in Kansas water park death carry prison time, fines

TOPEKA, Kansas. – A Kansas water park, a construction company and three men involved in a giant water slide have been indicted on numerous criminal charges arising from the death of a 10-year-old boy on the ride.

A Wyandotte County grand jury issued two indictments arising from the August 2016 decapitation of Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.

A complaint against the park and the former operations manager, Tyler Austin Miles with 20 crimes. The other costs Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeffrey Wayne, Henry, to drive co-designer John Timothy Schooley, and Henry & Sons construction company Inc. with 18 offences.

An overview of the costs.

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THE SECOND-DEGREE MURDER

Henry, Schooley and the construction company have been indicted on a count of second-degree murder in Caleb’s death. The indictment alleges that they “recklessly” killed the boy “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to life.” The indictment says a conviction could lead to prison terms ranging from nine years and one month in prison, 41 years and one month in prison. Also, the maximum possible fine is $300,000.

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INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER

In connection with Caleb’s death, the park and the Miles have been indicted on a count of involuntary manslaughter, or recklessly killing another person. Their indictment says that the penalty for a conviction is between two years and seven months and 11 years and four months in prison. The potential fine of $300,000.

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Child endangerment

All five suspects have been indicted on five counts of aggravated child be in danger. A count is connected to Caleb, the dead, and the other four, to injuries associated with children during the ride on Verruckt in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The indictments say that a conviction on each charge results in a sentence of between five and 17 months. There is also a possible penalty of $100,000.

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AGGRAVATED BATTERY

All five suspects have been indicted on 12 counts of aggravated battery. Three of them originate from injuries to the children in the child endangerment counts. The other nine involve injuries to adult riders on Verruckt. The indictments say convictions carry sentences ranging from 11 months to 11 years and four months in prison. Five counts with a possible fine of $100,000, and seven others, it is $300,000.

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INTERFERE WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW

The park and Km are indicted on two points of interference with the enforcement of the law. A count claiming they hid evidence, and the other claims they provide false information to Kansas City, Kansas, police detective. For a conviction, the punishment can vary between five and 23 months. The potential fine of $100,000.

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